Era Polymers have a wide range of polyurethane foams available to keep up with demand due to their vital role in a wide range of industries from automotive to refrigeration.
Polyurethane foams are formed from the exothermic reaction caused when an isocyanate (ISO) is combined with a polyol (POLY). The secret of this reaction is in the additives contained in the components, which combine together to produce a blown foam with specific properties.
The wide range of polyurethane foams available on the market today can be categorised quite simply by labelling them under the four categories; rigid polyurethane foams, flexible polyurethane foams, integral skin foams, and microcellular foams.
Rigid polyurethane foams have excellent thermal insulation properties, which explains their widespread use as an insulator in domestic and commercial appliances such as hot water systems and refrigerators.
Flexible polyurethane foams can be very comfortable, which explains their extensive use in automotive and furniture seating industries.
Integral skin foams, or self-skinning foams, are named so because the foam forms a tough but smooth skin on areas that are in contact with the mould. These polyurethane foams can be moulded soft for applications such as spa batch headrests, medium for automotive steering wheels, and hard for 4WD bull bar bumpers.
Microcellular foams are often used in applications requiring a combination of comfort and durability. The EF range of elastomeric foams are often used in applications such as automotive suspension components and soft rollers.
Polyurethane foams are being successfully used in a multitude of markets, a fact demonstrated by the extensive range of specialised foams available from Era Polymers.